A special overhead kick by star man Gheorghe Grozav wasn’t enough for Romanian side Petrolul as they were defeated 5-1 by reigning capitol one cup champions Swansea City in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier.
A fine team performance in the first half from Swansea laid the ground work for the Welsh side – who were rarely troubled by the Romanian side. Wayne Routledge was the man who Swansea looked to time and time again with the nippy winger providing two goals and being a constant threat throughout.
He opened the scoring on the 14th minute after good work by Swansea’s midfield let him in to strike albeit of a vicious deflection off the Petrolul defence.
The man of the match didn’t take long to add his second even though Spanish superstar Michu added a goal during the English wingers brace to leave the Welsh side 3-0 to the good at the break.
The zippiness and smart play that had defined Swansea’s play in the first half had petered out softly in the second half. The summer signing Wilfred Bony however showed his value when in the second half on the 56th minute amidst a goal-line scramble the Ivorian striker managed to poke home a goal.
The rout was completed for Swansea though when Alejandro Pozeulo chipped the goalkeeper on the 70th minute to make it 5 and to make it a very successful night for Michael Laudrup’s side.
The good feeling was cut short however when Romanian young gun Gheorghe Grozav scored a wonder goal. After a nothing cross on the left hand side Grozav pounced upon – and showed great skill – to score an overhead kick to leave even the Swansea supporters offering admiration and praise.